The Air Force Falcons (5-3) visit West Point to battle the Army Black Knights (3-4) Saturday at 11:30 a.m. ET (CBS). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Air Force vs. Army odds, and make our expert college football picks and predictions.
Air Force comes into this game against Army looking to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy after already beating Navy at home 13-10.
Army, coming off a bye week following a dominant 48-24 home victory over Louisiana-Monroe Oct. 22, looks to get back to a .500 record with a W.
More importantly for Army, it looks to keep its hopes alive for the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy if it can win and then beat Navy at the end of the season.
The real message of this game is not what happens on the field, it’s what happens afterward. The sportsmanship shown by the military academies is impressive. Not only supporting the loser as they sing their fight song. But in the losers supporting the winners in the same manner as they perform theirs. This is truly what college football is meant to be.
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Air Force 17, Army 13
PASS. Air Force (-320) is too risky of a wager.
BET ARMY +7 (-108).
These games are always close. This is what happens when 2 option teams face each other.
Army has won 4 of the last 5 meetings, including last year’s 21-14 overtime victory as 2.5-point road underdogs.
This is also an early kickoff for Air Force with it starting at 11:30 a.m. ET. The Falcons will start off slow and the game should continue to be slow throughout.
For those who like quick games, this one should be done in about 2 hours and 30 minutes. So, enjoy. Few points will be scored, which is why I’ll TAKE THE POINTS WITH ARMY at home.
BET UNDER 40.5 (-112).
Service academy gams have gone Under more than 80% of the time in the last 50 meetings. This includes the 13-10 Air Force vs. Navy game this season which had an O/U line of 38.
Both teams can score when needed. In these games they don’t have to … and normally don’t. UNDER 40.5 (-112) is my FAVORITE PLAY in this game.
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